Curriculum and Instruction
Mary M. Jensen, Ph.D.
Curriculum & Instruction
Office: Horrabin Hall, 41
Mary Jensen has been a professor at WIU since 1990, teaching in both the department’s undergraduate and graduate programs. She received her BA in Psychology from the University of Utah in 1976. In 1977, she received her Masters degree in Special Education from Kent State University. Dr. Jensen taught students with learning and behavioral disorders in public school and residential treatment for ten years. In 1990 she received her Ph.D from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Dr. Jensen has authored two text books, Gangs: Straight Talk, Straight Up (Sopris West , 1997) and Introduction to Emotional and Behavioral Disorders: Recognizing and Managing Problems in the Classroom (2005, Pearson/Merrill/Prentice Hall). In addition, Pearson Custom Publishing has published specialized course handbooks created and produced by Dr. Jensen for her classes at WIU.
Dr. Jensen is a 2-time recipient of the Teacher of the Year Award (1995 and 2006) for the COEHS at WIU. She has also received a Golden Apple Award from the WIU Student Alumni, a Most Inspiring Teacher Award from the Student Education Association, an Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award, and two Faculty Excellence Awards. In April 2016, Dr. Jesen received the Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Award for the Council of Exceptional Learners.
Dr. Jensen’s primary research interests and consulting services revolve around the topics of proactive behavior management, innovative technology in teaching, social skills, bully behavior, and gangs and school violence. She provides numerous professional development programs for school districts and conferences.